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Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice: Melhem, D. H. Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice: Melhem, D. H.

Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice

Melhem, D. H.

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ISBN 10: 0813116058 / ISBN 13: 9780813116051
Published by University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Book is very clean and attractive with no bumps to black boards. Dustjacket likewise clean and without tears or chips. Small crease to upper front corner only fault.Looks handsome in mylar. Book contains no writing other than signatures of both subject and author. Both are inscribed and SIGNED to the same recipient. Author's reads thus: "To ----, Whose understanding heart will give this book a fine home. Warm regards, D.H. Melhem." Gwendolyn Brooks signed on the same page, "To ------, Sincerely, Gwendolyn Brooks, December 29, 1986. Brooks is the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The author, herself a poet and critic, analyzes the development of the poet's work over four decades. 270 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 24789

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Title: Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic ...

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: SIGNED by Author & Gwendoyln Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the major American poets of this century and the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1950). Yet far less critical attention has focused on her work than on that of her peers.

In this comprehensive biocritical study, Melhem―herself a poet and critic―traces the development of Brooks's poetry over four decades, from such early works as A Street in Bronzeville, Annie Allen, and The Bean Eaters, to the more recent In the Mecca, Riot, and To Disembark.

In addition to analyzing the poetic devices used, Melhem examines the biographical, historical, and literary contexts of Brooks's poetry: her upbringing and education, her political involvement in the struggle for civil rights, her efforts on behalf of young black poets, her role as a teacher, and her influence on black letters. Among the many sources examined are such revealing documents as Brooks's correspondence with her editor of twenty years and with other writers and critics.

From Melhem's illuminating study emerges a picture of the poet as prophet. Brooks's work, she shows, is consciously charged with the quest for emancipation and leadership, for black unity and pride. At the same time, Brooks is seen as one of the preeminent American poets of this century, influencing both African American letters and American literature generally. This important book is an indispensable guide to the work of a consummate poet.

About the Author:

D. H. Melhem, author of three books of poetry, is a member of the faculty at the New School for Social Research and is adjunct professor of The Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities.

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